Release* Date: September 29, 2009
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: September 29, 2009
Teenager charged with harassment in
Police investigate spray painting of swastikas on
17-year-old male, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arrested
today and charged with juvenile delinquency in the harassment of three
An investigation by Detective Nicole Young of the Highland Park Police Department determined that the teenager, a resident of Somerset County, leaned out of a sports utility vehicle at 8:45 p.m., gave a Nazi salute and yelled: ‘’Hail Hitler.’’
stopped for a red light on
Kaplan credited the quick work of
‘’We will not tolerate this kind of behavior,’’ Prosecutor Kaplan said. ‘’This office and the police departments in this county will vigorously pursue these kinds of incidents and will arrest those responsible, regardless of their age.’’
separate incident, Edison Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
are actively searching for one or more individuals who spray-painted three
swastikas on the front of Beth-El Congregation, a synagogue, Hebrew school and
Jewish community center located on
An employee arriving at the synagogue at 7:45 a.m. today called police after noticing the swastikas. Each, painted in blue, measured approximately three by three feet.
The swastikas were applied to the building sometime between 7:30 p.m. on September 28, 2009, and this morning when the employee arrived and called police.
Prosecutor Kaplan also noted that both events were reported today as bias incidents to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in accordance with guidelines governing the reporting of such incidents.
Additionally, it should be noted that the Anti-Defamation League is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the spray-painting incident.
with information on that incident is asked to call Edison Police at (732) 248-7540,
with information on the incident in